At least twice a year, Tricontinental will publish a Working Document that will take an analytical look at a serious problem that faces us. This Working Document will look carefully at the most current academic and policy literature on the subject at hand to offer a readable and analytically clear assessment of the problem. It is not enough to identify the problem. Our Working Documents will struggle to propose an approach to the problem that might help social and political movements to overcome it.

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In the Ruins of the Present traces the challenges posed by globalization and what these challenges produce for our society. The first attempt to address the problems of globalization was neo-liberalism. It failed. Next came cruel populism, which expresses itself in narrow, hateful terms. It will also fail. The Left is weak – decomposed by globalization. The need of the hour is for the Left to recompose itself, to become a vital force for a fragile humanity.